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WELCOME
TO
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ETHIOPIA

የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቤተመጽሐፍት መሰረታዊ የአሰራር ማሻሻያ ጥናት

The National Library was first established in 1944. With the name "public Library Wemezekir". His Imperial Majesty Haile-Selassie I in 1944 inaugurated it. And began  its service with books granted by the King.

In 1976, the National Library received a legal right under proclamation No. 50/76 to collect three copies of all materials published in the country.  

The progressive act for the deposit of all published material in Ethiopia is an epoch making moment for the development of Libraries across the country.

Out of the most in valuable documents which the National Library has collected in the   last Sixty years through purchase, donation and Proclamations, the followings are some.

1.   Ancient and historical manuscripts written in the fourteenth and          fifteenth centuries as; The Four Gospels, Saint Paul's Message, and Passion Week;

2. Books printed since 1520 as Psalm of David, Tobia, State and Public Governance,  Wodajie  Libie, and World History;

3. Books and chronicles focusing on ancient, middle and modern Ethiopian political,  Economical, Social and Cultural affairs written by Ethiopian and foreign historians;

4. Other collections 

ˇ         Hawi
The manuscript written on vellum of goat in Geeze language in the 20th century. Its size is 50x37cm. and has 518 p.

ˇ         Tefut
The manuscript written on vellum of goat in Geeze language in the 15th century.

ˇ         Ritua Haimanot
The manuscript written on vellum of goat in Geeze language in the 14th century.

ˇ         Kibre Negest (Glory of Kings)
The manuscript written on vellum of goat in Geeze language in the 14th century.

Governmental and non-governmental newspapers published since 1902 as:-

ˇ         AEMERO,    BERHANENA SELAM,   DIMTS ERITREA,  YEQESAR MENGIST,      DIMTS, ADDIS ZEMEN, THE ETHIOPIAN HERALD ETC.

Governmental and non-governmental magazines published since 1941 as:-

BERHANENA SELAM, MENEN, YEKATIT, ETC.

Videotapes, Magnetic tapes, Historical Photographs and several other prints abundantly available for study and research purposes.

 

         Collection of Legal Deposit.

Types of Collection

Volume

Books.

27984

Periodicals

29102

Bind News Paper

2650

Audio/Video cassettes

4239

CDs

169

Total 

64144

      Collection of Reference and Documentation 

TYPES OF COLLECTION

VOLUME

Books

16403

Amharic Books

8091

WB, UNESCO, FAO

4477

Total

28971

       Collection of Ethiopian Studies Library.
      

TYPES OF COLLECTION

VOLUME

Books

6376

Periodicals & Letters

48

Manuscripts

859

Films,& Photographs 

314

National Bank Note Samples

39

Microfilms

9239

Totals

16875

Total Number of books                     58,854
Total Number of periodicals & Doc.   33,627
Total Number of  manuscript                 859
Total Microfilms                                  9239
Bind News Paper                                 2650
CD, Audio, Video                                4408
Total Collection of Library               109,990

   Access Information 

Access Condition:- Request by Institution Supporting letter in 
 Legal deposit, Ethiopian Studies, Manuscripts Division of the National Library 

Access Restricted:- None.

Finding Tools:- Accession list, public catalog, National Bibliography.

Holdings:- The national Library-  has its core accumulation of documents of enduring value available for researchers. Among its holdings are books, periodical, manuscripts and bound newspapers etc on a variety or typewritten, and printed text on paper, photographs, drawing and blueprints.

Types of material:- Books , government publications, manuscripts, personal papers, photographs, ephemera, gray literature, maps, Audio, Video.

Language:- Amharic, Geez, English, Italian, French and Arabic.

HIV/AIDS section of the library opened for every user at the working hours of the library. The main collection of the section are books, periodicals, brochures, bulletins, etc written on HIV/AIDS and related disciplines. 
 

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